Manager, Nuclear Regulatory Subsector; Advisor, Earth Systems Science
Manager, Nuclear Regulatory Subsector; Advisor, Earth Systems Science


Tara O’Neil joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Battelle in 1992. She currently is the Enterprise Wide Agreement manager at PNNL for the umbrella contract with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). O’Neil also is the Subsector Manager for PNNL’s Nuclear Regulatory Subsector Market, where she is responsible for managing the relationship for PNNL with the NRC. Additionally, she is the Environmental Assessment program manager and is responsible for staffing environmental assessment projects managed by PNNL.

O’Neil has more than 27 years of environmental compliance experience serving as a historic and cultural resources subject matter expert and a manager of projects driven by the National Environmental Policy Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for a variety of federal clients including the NRC and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). She has been responsible for gathering and assessing baseline information to determine environmental impacts on resources from a proposed action. She has prepared correspondence and compliance documents with State Historic Preservation Officers, Tribes, and interested parties.

Disciplines and Skills

  • Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Environmental Assessment (NEPA Analysis)


BA, Anthropology, emphasis on Archaeology, Oregon State University, 1992

MBA, Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, 2009

Affiliations and Professional Service

Oregon Association of Environmental Professionals

Awards and Recognitions

2017 – Outstanding Performance Award – BPA FCRPS Public Engagement

2017 – Outstanding Performance Award – DOE-NE Nuclear Fuels Storage and Transportation Planning – Consent Based Siting

2015 – Outstanding Performance Award – NRC Waste Confidence Generic Environmental Impact Statement

2014 – Outstanding Performance Award – NRC License Renewal Environmental Review Program

2003, Outstanding Performance Award, Outstanding Performance on the Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants Supplemental 11 Regarding St. Lucie Units 1 and 2

2003, Outstanding Performance Award, Organization of the 12th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

2002, Outstanding Performance Award, Recognition of Efforts in Working with Duxbury/Carlsbad Staff with the REM Marketing Website

2002, Outstanding Team Performance Award, Endocrine Disruptor Research Team

2001, Outstanding Performance Award, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Environmental Review Team2001, Outstanding Performance Award, Hanford Site NEPA Characterization Report1999, Outstanding Performance Award, Proyecto Ambiental del Region Sur Project

1998, Outstanding Team Performance Award, Columbia River Comprehensive Impact Assessment Project